Small business spotlight: Heart Berry
Heart Berry brings Ojibwe design to wearable pieces like shirts and scarves as well as functional items like blankets.
Sarah Agaton Howes is the artist. She started her House of Howes business in 2014 making custom regalia. In 2019, House of Howes became Heart Berry.
“Heart Berry” or Ode’imin is strawberry in Ojibwe.
“Heart Berry is an Ojibwe lifestyle brand,” Howes said. “So I’m creating everything from wool blankets to jewelry to clothing based in Ojibwe beadwork and weaving tradition.”
She’s trained in beadwork and turned those aesthetics into things that “everyone can have for every day of their life.”
Heart Berry just moved into downtown Cloquet and is planning First People’s Friday markets from 10-6 every Friday. For Small Business Saturday, they’ll be open and have a food truck.
Howes also found out Wednesday that one of her designs is among the finalists for a new Minnesota state flag.
“I really took our loom beadwork designs and tried to tell that story with our designs in a way that would be applicable to everyone,” she said.